Sunset Beach

NBC (ended 1999)
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  • show Description
  • Sunset Beach, the one-hour daytime drama from Aaron Spelling, premiered January 6, 1997. It was both Spelling's first daytime venture and the first new serial to hit the television airwaves in eight years. The show has already developed a solid fan base that Soap Opera Digest calls "remarkable for a newcomer." Set in a small coastal California community, Sunset Beach has made its mark on daytime television by combining traditional daytime drama storytelling with the natural beauty of Southern California's beach locations and is supported by a talented and ethnically-diverse cast. TV Guide has noted that "Sunset Beach has become a cult hit with growth potential" for the daytime serial viewer. This fact has become particularly true with teen viewers who enjoy Sunset's suspenseful and quirky storylines like "Terror Island," a take-off on the popular Scream movies. Also popular was the recent storyline "Shock Wave," highly publicized earthquakes followed by a treacherous tsunami which caused mayhem at the beach. Sunset Beach also blends real-life news into its storyline, such as the Presidential scandals. Sunset Beach features some of the most recognizable and popular stars on television as well as the hottest newcomers to daytime. They portray core family members and friends living in Sunset Beach who come from all walks of life-rich, poor, heroes, villains, lovers, friends and enemies. Families such as the Richards, the Deschanels, the Torres and the Cummings, are all interwoven, often coming together at the funky blues/rock club, The Deep, or at the cyber coffeehouse, Java Web. They work as police officers, lifeguards, reporters, waiters, lawyers and restaurant owners. Among the more recognizable and popular cast members on Sunset Beach are Lesley Anne Down, Sarah Buxton, Sam Behrens, Kathleen Noone, Eddie Cibrian, Jason George, Sherri Saum, Randy Spelling, Susan Ward, Tim Adams, Carol Potter, Priscilla Garita, Hank Cheyne and Clive Robertson. Sunset Beach is produced by Spelling Entertainment Inc. in association with NBC Studios. Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and Gary Tomlin are the executive producers. Chris Whitesell and Maggie DePrieste are head writers. James Reilly is executive story consultant. (from NBC Daytime). In summer of 1999 NBC had to finish two of its soap operas and Sunset Beach was one of those two. The show finished its short three year run on December 31 1999 and it aired around 751 episodes. NBC Broadcast History (USA) January 1997 - July 1999 -- Weekdays, 14:00 PM July 1999 - December 1999 -- Weekdays, 12:00 AM "When the moon rises early just as the Santa Ana winds kick up out of nowhere and the sun is just dropping out of sight, whoever you meet at the far side of the pier is who you're destined to be with." (as said by Elaine Stevens in first episode)moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 253

    Episode 755

    Aired 12/31/99

  • S 3 : Ep 252

    Episode 754

    Aired 12/30/99

  • S 3 : Ep 251

    Episode 753

    Aired 12/29/99

  • S 3 : Ep 250

    Episode 752

    Aired 12/28/99

  • S 3 : Ep 249

    Episode 751

    Aired 12/27/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Susan Ward

    Meg Cummings [1] (episodes 1-669, 726-755)

  • Clive Robertson

    Ben Evans (all) / Derek Evans (episodes 256-374, 467, 673-744)

  • Sarah Buxton

    Annie Douglas Richards

  • Lesley-Anne Down

    Olivia Blake

  • Sam Behrens

    Gregory Richards

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (73)

    • Elaine Stevens (the legend of Sunset Beach): When the moon rises early just as the Santa Ana winds kick up out of nowhere and the sun is just dropping out of sight, whoever you meet at the far side of the pier is who you're destined to be with.

    • (Meg tells Tim how she first encountered Casey, who rescued her from drowning after she fell into the ocean.) Meg: We met by accident.

    • (Rae is trying to do some wiring in Surf Central when Casey attempts to stop her.) Casey: You've got to know what you're doing. Rae: And what qualifies you? Testosterone?

    • (Tiffany gives a boat model to Ben, whose wife was believed to have drowned.) Ben: You shouldn't have. No, I mean you really shouldn't have.

    • (On the run from the police, Annie holds a gun on Ben. He checks his watch, only to see that he's late for his meeting with Dorothy, his Internet friend (really Meg)) Annie Douglas: What? You got a hot date, Ben? Well, excuse me for keeping you out to save my life!

    • Bette (to Elaine): It's the first time Al didn't finish what he started, if you know what I mean.

    • Bette (saying goodbye to Al by his coffin): I'm gonna miss you, you big lump.

    • Olivia: I am such a cliché! The pathetic, neglected wife.

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    Notes (102)

    • The opening episode features a variation of the style opening credits used between episodes 2 and 140. It is only used for this episode and does not feature the actors names under their pictures (as they would starting with episode 2). Priscilla Garita doesn't appear in this version of the opening credits.

    • The music used during this episode is the actual "Sunset Beach" theme song which will be used for the opening credits as of episode 140.

    • Priscilla Garita is already featured in the opening credits, although she won't appear on the show until next month.

    • Carol Potter (Joan Cummings) makes her first recurring appearance on the show. She will go on to make various recurring appearances during this year, and then join the show next year. Also, John Reilly makes his first recurring appearance as Del Douglas.

    • Introducing: Susan Ward as Meg Cummings Dax Griffin as Tim Truman Clive Robertson as Ben Evans Sarah Buxton as Annie Douglas Timothy Adams as Casey Mitchum Jason Winston George as Michael Bourne Leigh Taylor-Young as Elaine Stevens Adrienne Frantz as Tiffany Thorne Sam Behrens as Gregory Douglas Lesley-Anne Down as Olivia Douglas Laura Harring as Paula Stevens Hank Cheyne as Ricardo Torres Nick Stabile as Mark Wolper Kathleen Noone as Bette Davis Peter Barton as Eddie Connors

    • First appearance of Kelly Hu as Rae Chang.

    • Sherri Saum makes a first appearance as Vanessa Hart in this episode.

    • Randy Spelling makes a first appearance as Sean Richards in this episode.

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    Trivia (15)

    • Clive Robertson landed the role of Ben Evans during a three-week vacation in Los Angeles. He had only a few weeks to return to his home in London, England, acquire a visa, and move to a new country.

    • The character of Caitlin was originally called Kayla.

    • The character of Meg was originally named Susan Cummings, but was changed when Susan Ward was casted in the role.

    • Originally the character of Olivia was called Sheila.

    • Kristin Davis of Sex and the City was originally offered the role of Meg, then called Susan, but she turned it down.

    • Dax Griffin plays caracter called Tim Truman. In true life, there is a person called Tim Truman who is actually the original maker of Sunset Beach's theme songs.

    • Some scenes for this episode were shot in Kansas.

    • Ben reveals for the first time that he has a brother, Ted, but doesn't say anything about his other brother.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Customer: (to Joan) Didn't you use to live in Beverly Hills? The actress playing Joan, Carol Potter, used to play the regular role of Cindy Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, another Aaron Spelling production.

    • Olivia: (about Amy) What is this tramp doing dressed like Whoopi Goldberg? Whoopi Goldberg played a singer disguised as a nun to escape from the police in the 1992 comedy Sister Act and the 1993 sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Something for everyone

    By SoapSpecial, Jan 25, 2016


    By ssbseller, Mar 13, 2014

  • Drama, murder and sex all happened on Sunset Beach and a bit of wierd stuff too but that happens on soaps right?

    By clos_vf, Apr 07, 2008

  • Sunset Beasch. 1 way to describe it Fantasy Drama. Over the top. Full of Flashbacks.

    By matwamango, Oct 29, 2007

  • An very old tv show!

    By weloveben, Feb 07, 2007